Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • OSHA: 15-DAY EXTENSION FOR SILICA COMMENTS

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week extended the deadline for submitting written comments to the OSHA docket on crystalline silica rulemaking. Comments must now be submitted no later than Feb. 11, 2014. NSSGA will submit comments on behalf of its aggregate producer members. In addition, NSSGA continues to work with the American…

    Posted 1/31/14 at 6:04 PM

  • SENATE COMMITTEE EXAMINES NATION’S CRITICAL MINERAL POLICY

    The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing Jan. 28 on a bill that would establish a list of minerals critical to the nation’s economy and address issues associated with their discovery, production and use.  The Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 (S.1600) is a bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden…

    Posted 1/31/14 at 6:02 PM

  • HOUSE T&I COMMITTEE SEEKS TO IMPROVE SAFETY GRANT PROGRAMS

    Although the Senate-House negotiations on water resources legislation have stalled, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is beginning to focus its attention on the next surface transportation reauthorization bill.  The Highways and Transit Subcommittee held a hearing Jan. 28 on “Improving the Effectiveness of the Surface Transportation Safety Grant Program,” a program that apportions more…

    Posted 1/31/14 at 5:57 PM

  • SENATORS INTRODUCE $50 BILLION INFRASTRUCTURE BANK BILL

    Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have introduced the Senate companion bill to The Partnership to Build America Act introduced in the House by Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) The legislation would create a $50 billion American Infrastructure Fund that could leverage up to $750 billion dollars in transportation, energy and education infrastructure projects…

    Posted 1/31/14 at 5:55 PM

  • NSSGA PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT ON THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

    The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association President and CEO Michael Johnson released the following statement in response to the State of the Union address: “The president once again mentioned the need to rebuild America’s surface transportation infrastructure in his State of the Union address. I hope the sixth time is the charm because it…

    Posted 1/29/14 at 6:44 PM

  • OBAMA TIES TAX REFORM TO TRANSPORTATION IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

    Obama Ties Tax Reform to Transportation in State of the Union Address

    Posted 1/29/14 at 5:34 PM

  • NSSGA ANNOUNCES ANNUAL GOLD AWARD WINNERS

    •          NATIONAL STARS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS •          GOLD SAFETY EXCELLENCE AND STERLING AWARDS •          GOLD ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS •          GOLD EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY RELATIONS AWARDS ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 — The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association today announced the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners of NSSGA’s Safety, Environmental and Community Relations Excellence Awards. Also…

    Posted 1/29/14 at 12:01 AM

  • EPA’S BRISTOL BAY ASSESSMENT SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT FOR EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES

    Members rely on a fair permitting process based on sound science… The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its final report, “An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska” Jan. 15.  The report analyzes the potential impacts that a large-scale mining scenario could have on the region and finds that thousands…

    Posted 1/24/14 at 5:59 PM

  • SENATOR VITTER ANNOUNCES RUN FOR LOUISIANA GOVERNOR

    Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R) announced Jan. 21 that he plans to run for governor in 2015. In  a You-Tube video announcing his candidacy, Vitter said, “I believe that, as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities that we face in Louisiana.” Vitter said, however, that he…

    Posted 1/24/14 at 5:55 PM

  • DOT SECRETARY FOXX OUTLINES PRIORITIES IN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD SPEECH

    In a speech Jan. 16 to the Transportation Research Board, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx laid out his top priorities for the year, highlighting the need to deal with the “infrastructure deficit.” Foxx told the TRB Chairman’s Lunch that DOT will work with Congress and also work “to show them that our most…

    Posted 1/24/14 at 5:47 PM